published Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Nation Building

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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rengerry said...


June 14, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.
limric said...

A round of applause Clay. Well done. A perfect depiction of the chaos wrought by combining evil & incompetence. .

June 14, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.
fairmon said...

Iraq is a replica of the results most of the undertakings of this modern U.S. government. It is just easier to see the results in Iraq. The inept leadership, corruption, blaming others and ignorance in Iraq is not unlike U.S. immigration control, Medicare fraud and abuse, the VA failure, IRS corruption, Benghazi, gun running, wars on drugs and poverty, AHA roll out and unknown future impact, The first failure to purchase tax, etc.

The chaos is not a one party or current leadership failure that has only been guilty of allowing it to get worse. Our elected elite are like two kids blaming each other when both were in on it.

How would you like to be in the high dollar U.S. embassy in Iraq and told it is unsafe but evacuation would be a bad strategic move that may embolden the militants that plan to attack and occupy Bagdad?

Iraq is getting worse daily and the bus loads of illegal entry of immigrant children and pregnant mothers is out of control and assuming all border patrol resources allowing the drug Cartels and criminals to move freely across the border we were assured has been secured.

Our POTUS is off to a fund raiser and golfing in CA., WTF? Tell me again how brilliant he is, my confidence is wavering.

June 14, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.
prairie_dog said...

The people who should be watching this are the ones that exist on foodstamps, welfare and public housing. One of these days a few motivated zealots are going to get fed up with the central government's incompetence and start another revolution, just like it happened in Iraq.

People who depend upon the support of an incompetent government are bound to suffer.

June 14, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"Our POTUS is off to a fund raiser and golfing in CA., WTF? Tell me again how brilliant he is, my confidence is wavering."

What's he supposed to be doing Fairmon? Putting on fatigues and heading off to battle? Iraq was never going to be stable after the war, so again, why do you guys act so surprised? The "Bergdahl-scandal" (just like Benghazi, just like the IRS) isn't winning over the American people, so now it's time to create another one. Let's bitch and moan and blame all of our problems on one man. Fister will be here in a few blaming Obama for his constipation.

June 14, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Prairie_dog, you live in a fantasy world.

June 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
TheJackDennis said...

fairmon rightly states "How would you like to be in the high dollar U.S. embassy in Iraq and told it is unsafe but evacuation would be a bad strategic move that may embolden the militants that plan to attack and occupy Bagdad?" I doubt the Teflon President will be able to skate if these embassy workers are harmed. But then again.....

June 14, 2014 at 8:42 a.m.
fairmon said...

GaussianInteger said sarcastically... Let's bitch and moan and blame all of our problems on one man.

Read it again,

The chaos is not a one party or current leadership failure that has only been guilty of allowing it to get worse. Our elected elite are like two kids blaming each other when both were in on it.

Obama is an educated but inept, economic and military idiot that couldn't create such a mess on his own but is ill prepared to stop the slide with his poor key personnel selections. He is educated and can deliver prepared speeches well but that is about it.

June 14, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

please, you guys seem to try to make any negative public event to be about something President Obama has done wrong, or poor people. Or maybe it is grasping at straws in panic to cast blame as your world slips away? Look inwards, my friends, look inward.

Iraq is visible evidence of a misguided idea the US can control the world, and the electorate's willingness to allow and emulate as the ideal people whose primary passion is the love of money to run the country.

GI you are right, John Birchers have been on that line about a revolution for as long as I've been able to understand spoken language and they still are a very vocal minority. If anything they should be worried about the restive 99% continuing to show up at the ballot box for a legal electoral revolution.

June 14, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
TheJackDennis said...

Hey IQ: Beware the creeping John Birchers! Mwahahahaha

June 14, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

You libs are hypocrites. Both parties are as corrupt as the day is long, and have shared or been in control in some way of our gov. over the decades. Both parties have made horrific military blunders. Kennedy/LBJ in Vietnam, and this mess in Iraq. Both parties are responsible for the mess in Iraq, top Democrat approved of it as well. BO has no idea what he's doing, has no clue. He's butchered things as well in Libya and in Egypt. He's even said that the US could train rebels in Syria. The military industrial complex is in league with both parties.

It's foolish to believe a place like Iraq can be like us, our development, how we were created, was due to a unique set of circumstances. Millions would like to be free there, like we are, but Islam is not a religion that allows that.

Anyone with a brain could predict that after we left Iraq that terrorists/Islamofascists would storm in..or Iran.

inq you're nuts. Our world is slipping away here and it's being sped up under BO the fraud. We are living in a police state where the elites/D.C. are engaging in lawlessness, while putting the boot on the neck of citizens.

99%, who are they? And in what category does Bill and Hillary Clinton, BO and MO, John Kerry, the Kennedy's, Pelosi, Reid, Soros, Zuckerberg, Speilberg, Winfrey, Michael Moore, and all the other elites in the liberal world belong? Are they the 99%? Not to mention the multi- millonares in the news media at ABC,NBC,CBS,PBS,MSNBC,CNN and so on.

Just wait until Nov. The Senate and House will go GOP, not because the GOP has done anything to earn it, but because BO is an elitist, and he governs like one. He's a corporate whore, he's lawless and he's tossing it in the face of the millions and millions in this country who can't find work by allowing this country to be flooded by illegal aliens, and pronouncing that "our future rests with "dreamers"/illegal aliens. How insulting is that. As if everyone else in this country who works hard/citzens, and the young people here, are not the future. If the illegal aliens being dumped here by other countries are so unique and special, why don't their countries bust their ass to keep them? Idiocy.

June 14, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"Just wait until Nov. The Senate and House will go GOP, not because the GOP has done anything to earn it, but because BO is an elitist, and he governs like one."

That's a load of BS. It has nothing to do with anyone "being an elitist", it's just how the country votes. It happens during the midterm of the 2nd term of presidents. Look at your US history. It happened in 2006, 1998, etc. Nothing that is happening today is new or unprecedented. It's just that "Chicken Little" mentality Fister and his ilk suffer. The "Blame Obama First" attitude.

"inq you're nuts. Our world is slipping away here and it's being sped up under BO the fraud. We are living in a police state where the elites/D.C. are engaging in lawlessness, while putting the boot on the neck of citizens."

You always say sh!t like this, but you never offer any evidence. The Patriot Act, I understand, but you guys loved that turd when it first passed. I was called anti-American when I mentioned to a couple of conservatives in 2001 that I thought it was the most destructive thing that has ever happened to this country, as far as rights were concerned, since the 50's and 60's. You Conservatives/Republicans had no problem surrendering rights to protect us from the "boogeyman", you know, Islamic terrorists, but now your butthurt because a democrat is president.

June 14, 2014 at 9:59 a.m.
timbo said...

Bush was wrong, but Obama ignoring the border problems and the law is worse. Maybe nation building is better than "nation tearing down."

June 14, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.
TheJackDennis said...

Gassy, you're soooo predictable. You and your ilk belong to the "blame Obama last" cult. No?

June 14, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

No Jack, but I understand how our government works. I understand that we have a president, not a dictator (despite what GOP pundits continuously blast into the ears of the naive). I never said the man did a impeccable job, nor will you hear me say that about almost any US president. They have all made mistakes, they all have their skeletons, they all have their detractors. Despite this constant regurgitation that Obama is a left-wing liberal, the truth of the matter is, he is center of the road. People can't accept the own personal failings, they have to blame someone. Guys like you and Fister choose to blame Obama. So be it, that's your right. It's just ironic you guys refer to "police state" when the GOP is more guilty of forming a "police state". They want to modify who can vote, they want to restrict religious freedom, they are the ones advocating sending US troops into fruitless missions.

June 14, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.
TheJackDennis said...

Gassy, you'd be hard pressed to find any post of mine referring to a "police state". As for the Teflon President, I don't like him, for sure. I resent the pass he's been given by the press and the Left. Clueless people are sometimes elected. Most of them are smart enough to surround themselves with talent. Not this guy. Just my opinion.

June 14, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
Ki said...

Hoping Clay and Times Free Press will address the return of debtor's prison in America and the tragic and devastating impact it's having both on families and this nation. Recently a Reading Pa mother was found dead in a jail cell after being sentenced to 48hrs in jail for an inability to pay a truancy fine dating back to 1999. Eileen Dinino was a single mother of seven. And before you 'my tax dollar' group start whining she was not the image you clowns readily always picture in your itsy bitty craniums.

June 14, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.
TheJackDennis said...

^ sounds like contempt of court...not a debtor prison it would seem. Sad, nonetheless.

June 14, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

America is under attack from within: the White House.

June 14, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Please guys, this is better than Saturday Night Live. As GI said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the off-year election go to the other party, but that will only cause everything to grind to a halt to everyone's disadvantage. It will not be possible to override a veto. The pendulum swings back and forth but the whole momentum is moving the clock in a direction away from your tea party politics. Note the subject of this cartoon is Iraq, why not keep on point?

June 14, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.
SBrauer said...

Hey, inquieringmind, you said "Note the subject of this cartoon is Iraq, why not keep on point?" Fine, but look who's in the background of that cartoon, Bush and Cheney. It should have been Obummer. He was the one that pulled ALL of our troops out of Iraq, not Bush and Cheney. He did not have to give a "pull out" date and did not have to go along with what the previous Adm. said. Obama was Pres. at the time. He owns it. Obama will go down as the most indecisive, divisive, worthless piece of lying scum we ever had as POUSA. That does not leave out most members of the House and Senate, both Rep and Dem and that is why Brat won in Va. More power to non-incumbants. I was a Rep. but I'm now for the guy that says what he stands for and does it. God protect our Country from the rule of the idiots in Washington.

June 14, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
SBrauer said...

Now, if you want to know how I really feel___

June 14, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

SB let's evaluate your logic:

9/11 happens, Cheney and cohorts push bush the younger to start a war with Iraq with the subterfuge he has non-existent weapons of mass destruction and is somehow behind 9/11, and then to spread the war to Afghanistan where we had just proved to the Russian you can't win. Then said war inflames the Shiite and Sunni muslims and Al Quaida takes hold in Iraq feeding on the hostility towards the US fanned by the vocal anti-islam propaganda coming from hotheads in the states. We elect President Obama for several reasons, two being to end the illegal war and shut down Gitmo. The Reds fight tooth and nail to stop either and now you say this is all Obama's fault?

You live in an alternate universe.

June 14, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
librul said...

Jeez, SBrauer, go take a double dose of Limbaugh with a Hannity chaser - you're showing signs of propaganda withdrawal.

The current unfolding disaster in Iraq is being brought to you by the very people depicted in the EXCELLENT cartoon by our community's brilliant political cartoonist. It was 'W', 'Dick' and the rest of the criminals at Bushco, Inc. who, in their ignorance and thirst for oil, destabilized Iraq's society, destroyed their infrastructure, killed tens of thousands of their women and old men, and unleashed decades of sectarian hatred by killing the only lid that existed on that teapot.

Despite the accepted fact that Saddam was a brutal Sunni dictator who oppressed the Shia majority - the simple fact is that he kept the country together and there was no civil war, there were no daily bombings, there was power and clean water and women didn't have to dress like Egyptian mummies when out on the street.

When cautioned about the sectarian violence that would result from the removal of Saddam and the ensuing Sunni-Shiite conflict, idiot 'W' responded saying "they're all Muslims aren't they?" The other idiots who thought the oppressed majority would greet us as liberators were just as ignorant of their culture and history. It is our presence in their land, our theft of their resources, our support for their hated dictators and our attempts to cobble together compliant "democratic" governments created in our image regardless of their own desires that fuels their hatred of us and it is utterly justified.

Only the ignorant among us like you and John McCain who fell for damnable lies and propaganda still fail to recognize this and want to reboot a war that should never have been started in the first place.

June 14, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

Iraq should've never been a country to begin with, to start. It was only held together by dictators. To say hatred for America fuels Islamic terrorism is ridiculous. They've been on rampage since the 6th century. If it's not American, then it's someone else/

It was not an illegal war, no matter how many times you libs repeat it. I don't think the war was a good idea, and it's a losing battle to try and bring an American Constitutional Republic-like government to Islamic dominated areas. Freedom isn't welcome there. It's oil and water.

It's man's natural desire to be free, but that will never happen under Islam.

Once again, inq, you libs are the reds. Your living in alternate universe. BO is a fraud, and he has thrown gasoline on the fire in the middle east, in Libya and in Egypt. He also wants to do something in Syria. It's ok for him to butt in, but not Bush? We should just stay the hell out of that region, unless they threaten us or our allies. You get rid of one demon there, and another one takes over.

What you libs fail to understand is that no one is going to vote going forward based on Bush/Cheney. They're ancient history. People are going to vote based on their situation, and aside from Wall Street, Hollywood, and the booming suburbs and towns around D.C., the majority of people are fed with BO and his lies. His fawning over illegal aliens has turned off millions of people, as proven by Cantor's defeat.

June 14, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"People who depend upon the support of an incompetent government are bound to suffer." - prairie_dog

PD, you are dependent on this government almost entirely. You just don't have the good sense to realize it. If it weren't for our "incompetent government" you wouldn't even be typing words on the internet now. You wouldn't have clean air to breathe or clean water to drink, you probably wouldn't have had the chance at getting a decent education unless you were born into extremely wealthy parents, you wouldn't have national parks to visit, you wouldn't have an interstate highway system to travel on, you wouldn't have sick days from work and vacation time and a 40-hour work week, you wouldn't have police and fire protection, you wouldn't have zoning laws to assure you of living in a quiet peaceful setting; if you're black you would still be owned by white masters and prevented from eating and shopping freely with whites, and if you're a woman, you still couldn't vote or work at most businesses at equal pay with men, etc. etc. etc. Virtually everything you own and every freedom you have today is due to "incompetent government" at some point in the past acting on behalf of freedom and justice for ALL of us, not just the freedom of big business to operate in a laissez-faire capitalism devoid of taxes and regulations.

I'm sure there is much you did on your own initiative, but if you think that your accomplishments are entirely the result of your own achievements without a government that paved the way a long time ago for you to even exist in a country that made it possible for you to be free enough to do what you did, well, you are the very definition of arrogant ignorance.

June 14, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Saddam was easy to hate, and Bush/Cheney, once they realized they were caught in their lies about WMDs and "Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda and 9/11," tried to make the Iraq war all about taking out Saddam and "liberating" the Iraqis. But most rational people knew what Bush's daddy had the good sense to know back in the first Gulf war - that going after Saddam would be a horrible mistake, stirring up a hornet's nest and taking ownership of the country.

As egomaniacal and despicable as Saddam was, he knew how to rule Iraq - with an iron fist. And at least he kept the hard-core Muslim factions restrained. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knew that invading Iraq was not only unjustified but downright stupid and counter-productive. Now it is all coming back to bite us in the butt in the worst possible way. Mission accomplished, Bush and Cheney. You turds need to be tarred and feathered and put behind bars for the rest of your miserable stinking lives.

June 14, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.
Ki said...

TheJackDennis said: "sounds like contempt of court...not debtor's prison "

I disagree jack. Modern courts can use all the modern day language it wants. It's still what it is. Charging and fining Ms DiNino then holding her in contempt because she couldn't pay the fine and sending her to jail even if for only an hour still sounds a helluva lot like debtor's prison to me, and it's happening in towns and cities all across America, even as America send men and women to war in other countries to fight and die on the claims those countries' human rights violation against its citizen America has a hard time looking itself in the mirror and addressing its own poor track record of committing human rights violations against its own citizens. Sounds a like t like hypocrisy of the highest order. We now live in a nation that will make a case for leaving the ham off a ham sandwich, haul their victim into court, fine them then return to charge them with contempt and throw them in prison because they are unable to pay the fine. But how much send does such a law make anyway? Especially in a so called "free Soviety"?

I'm glad though you agree "It's sad"___not only for this poor woman and her children, but For America Americans and the world. Don't think for a moment other countries aren't aware of America's hypocrisy and double standards when it comes to human rights violations.

June 14, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.
TheJackDennis said...

^^ you're right, Ki. Surely America is the largest human rights violator on the planet.

June 14, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

It does not mater if we are the largest, only if we violate one person's rights. Remember the founders said, "It is better for a guilty person to go free than for an innocent person to be jailed." That is the principle behind the bill of rights.

June 14, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.
fairmon said...

I anticipate Obama will be contacting those in the TFP opinion cartoon forum to come advise him on the middle east and north Africa policies and response. He would likely be impressed with the obvious knowledge or those people, the geography, tribal differences. He could not find anyone more confident in their opinion than those within this forum.

I do not accept the contention that there is no threat to the U.S. An attack on the U.S. similar to 9/11 is their objective and one they could accomplish. Their resources within the U.S. may well be crossing our southern border now.

June 14, 2014 at 10:23 p.m.
fairmon said...

Debtors prison? Is being jailed for failure to pay child support a violation of that person's rights? I think not and any man failing to pay child support should be jailed and sterilized. An abortion should require mandatory sterilization since it is evident the woman does not want children or shouldn't have them. Incest or rape as the pregnancy cause could be an exception. I would like to see Obama issue and executive order to have this be the law of the land.

June 14, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

fairmon, i agree. There very much is a threat. Why wouldn't there be? Islamofacsists never rest.

And you're right about the borders. They're probably here already. How can that not be a threat to our security? What terrorist wouldn't walk right over. Might as well lay out a welcome mat.

I heard BO spoke to graduates today and told them they should take on "climate deniers". He sees them as more of a threat than our gaping wound of a border.

June 14, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
Ki said...

Fairmon, Ms DiNino wasn't sent to prison on child support charges. She was jailed for 48hrs on a truancy charge for one or more of her children having skipped or missed school, which many states have turned skipping school, which many children have done for centuries, a criminal offense where the parent, usually a single mom raising children alone---sometimes through divorce or being a widow, are sent to jail or prison. Truancy has nothing to do with child support.

June 15, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.
caddy said...

A friend:

I feel sorry for these deluded men who have been conned, neo-conned into thinking that they were on some righteous American exceptionalism mission from god. All that suffering, separation, death and scars for what? I feel like I am reliving the Fall of Saigon. I am just waitin for the picture of the rooftop evacuation of the American embassy in Bagdad and then we can ring down the curtain on another tragicomic farce. Another friend:

For all those Marines who died in Fallujah the US Government would like to say ....

"Whoops ... it really wasn't that important after all."

Told you so.

For a country that is murdering its future (abortion), and is twisted enough to say that 2 men can get married, this is all just normal.

Remember King David had Uriah killed then adulterized his wife, and following that when His son Amnon raped his daughter Tamar, David was impotent to act. That's what sin does after it is full grown!

June 16, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.
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